News and Commentary
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has sent an order to Texas licensing administrations to not only review the regulations associated with each agency, but to also reduce fees associated with licensing requirements.
A new bill in Wisconsin would require the state’s Department of Safety and Professional Services to conduct a review of any new licensing regulations. The Department would be required to examine the financial impact on businesses and potential practitioners, in addition to recommending the least restrictive regulation.
A study from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards found that 89% of over 1,000 voters surveyed believe that Architects should be licensed. It also found broad support for licensing, likely due to the favorable construction of questions about how licensing protects consumers and the public.
Alex Muresianu writes in the Pasadena Star-News about the costs of occupational licensing across the U.S. and reforms to liberalize these regulations.
Fifteen full-time MDs have been fired from Edward Elmhurst Health in Chicago have replaced with nurse practitioners.
An article in The Columbus Dispatch discusses Ohio’s 651 different occupational licenses, proposals for reform in the Buckeye State, and the story of cosmetologist Emily Martin.
Jarrett Skorup of the Mackinac Center provides a rundown of recent licensing reforms in Michigan, including a fix to counselor licensing, special permits for “mobile salons,” and removing criminal disqualification for insurance agents.
New research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that in the wake of the Great Recession, the rate of legal service price increases fell relative to the pre-recession trend. This is attributable to firms economizing on their legal services, focusing less on billable hours.